The Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) is planning to builda new state-of-art stadium with retractable rooftop following 25 years of successful lead in premier tennis competitions in Doha.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2017, denoted the 25th anniversary of the event in Doha and concluded on Saturday, the event witnessedcrowd packings at the Khalifa International Squash and Tennis Complex with an enormous demand for the tickets.
In Qatar, the enthusiasm for tennis has been increasing throughout the years and many fans are not able to find way into the stadium. This experience may become a thing of past in the coming years.
Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Karim Alami said that they will begin fabricating a new stadium soon. It will be a 12,000-seater close-and-open rooftop stadium with a capacity that can oblige each of the tennis lover in Qatar and from around the globe. Alami himself is a former tennis champion who defeated former World No. 1 Pete Sampras in the first round of the 1994 Doha competition. He said that the current stadium is constantly full, individuals are continually requesting tickets and more top players are coming to Doha to play tennis. He added that they expect to raise the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) competition from the current 250 positioning status to level 2000.
He added that details of the new stadium have not been decided but rather he is waiting for another tournament to be played there. The projectis in the arranging stages and ideally will get a greater tournament soon.
The Khalifa Complex which has been holding tennis competitions (including the WTA Qatar Total Open) was opened on December 16, 1992, and the very first Qatar Open was held in January 1993. It has27 hard courts and a stadium court with a capacity of 4,106 observers which was upgraded to 6,911 in 2008.
Alami said the QTF plans to always endeavor to exceed expectations and raise the standards. He said It is essential for us to raise the standards consistently. We aim to fulfill the crowd expectation and make them happy as well as make the players feel at home. We confirm that we deal with every minute detail to make a difference. Furthermore, the current year’s finale between the World No. 1 Andy Murray and No.2 Novak Djokovic was unique. The standard of game was high and the stadium was full, so we are extremely glad as coordinators.
The Serbian Djokovic, who held the trophy he won in Doha in 2016 on Saturday was all praises for Doha as he specially mentioned Qatar Open a preferred destination for world’s top tennis players. He said that the facilities here are extraordinary. The hotels have a high quality. Beach is near, families can enjoy fully here moreover the stadium is close and it have a number of courts to practice.
source : Qatar Day